Friday, February 18, 2011

Dammit! Slipped Again!

Exactly three years ago this month I fell and injured my ankle.  It was supposed to take two to six weeks to heal, but for months afterward there was lingering pain in that leg.  After that I resolved to always watch my step, especially on stairs where women do most of their falling.  But it only takes one lapse.  Yesterday I was on my lunch break and eager to get a few things done around the house.  I had finally finished the huge shredding project of all the ex's old papers and was carrying two big bags of shredded paper and a cardboard box out to the recycling bin. Two small flights of stairs, I just tossed the box and then followed it down carrying the bags, unable to see the stairs and thinking about other things when *crash* my foot slipped off the last step and down I went.  I felt the ankle pain immediately and just hoped it wasn't broken.

I appears I've re-injured it in the same place.  I still had the ankle brace from the last episode, so iced the injury, immobilized it, and kept it elevated as much as possible.  The swelling is not as bad as the previous injury--probably because I got the ice and compression on it sooner this time.

Well, I'm hobbling.  It's not broken.  But it hurts and I'm mad at myself for forgetting my own advice.


Jacqui Binford-Bell said...

I am so sorry you hurt yourself again! Hopefully this time you will be up and about sooner as garden season looms.

Not being able to see the steps is something that is a real concern for me. I recently ditched all my energy saving florescent bulbs because especially on steps and entries they just did not get bright enough and definitely not fast enough. Your blog reminds me that I am going to buy and install switches at the tops of the stairs that have LED lights in them.

Wishing you healing energy.

Catfish Tales said...

Oh no! It appears you and I would have been better off with wings. :)
I still can't go barefoot too long without having to slip back on shoes with inserts due to that old injury while teaching that summer in Tralee when my left instep went 'out of step'. ;~D Get better soon, darlin'!

Anonymous said...

Oh no, ankle injuries are just the worst and not breaking it often takes longer to heal. Hope you get some TLC and feel better soon.

I can't remember how many times I've been told to "write the alphabet" with my ankle while sitting around to heal past ankle injuries. so much popping...

Alex said...

Ugh, stairs. I am convinced they are the ultimate death trap in disguise. I feel your pain--I missed the last step of our porch stairs last fall and wound up with a very artistic, but very large and scary bruise that covered my right shin.

So sorry to hear that you're hurt, but glad it's not broken!

Becky Stauffer said...

Thank you friends, for all your good wishes. I had a sleepless night as I kept getting my foot into a painful position, even though I kept the brace on. But once I was up and got all showered and re-braced the ankle, it has been feeling much better.

Jacqui, I have a bad habit of walking around in the dark, and I need to think about that, too.

Shers, I know just what you mean. I think these injury sites are more vulnerable to reinjury and pain does just sometimes flare up as well.

Lauren, I know you know foot pain, you've been through so much. If I can stand it, I'll try that alphabet thing.

Alex, yep, that's just what I did, missed the last step. I try to remind myself to count the steps as I go down.

I am resolved to be FAR more careful in the future.

Michael said...

Oh my late to say take care, but take care.
I get so mad with myself when I inflict theses silly sort of things on myself.

Becky Stauffer said...

Oh Mick, that's exactly how I feel. How was I so careless? Now I'm tempted to put "Slow Down" signs at the tops of my stairs.

heatherbelle said...

Having been on crutches again myself prior to Christmas I know how annoying and frustrating it is to be out of action and especially when I have no-one to blame but myself for not being more careful.
Hope you're well and truly on the mend.

Bee's Blog said...

Oh I am so sorry but so pleased to hear it's not broken. But painful I know.

I do detest it when these things happen because besides ending up in pain you can see it in slow motion as it's happening and there's nothing you can do about it except hopefully put your hand out to break the fall.

Becky Stauffer said...

Thanks, Heather and Bee. I was pleased to see the swelling way down today, but the bruising was spreading, migrating, and of course, must go through a whole series of fabulous colors before it's gone. It appears I'm on the mend.